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But Did You Die?: Setting the Parenting Bar Low


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But Did You Die? is the fifth hilarious installment in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. But Did You Die? is a collection of terrible (but also kind of good) parenting advice from some of the funniest moms and dads on the 'net. And that one super helpful childless friend we all have who loves to tell us we're parenting wrong. So put your kids ...more
Kindle Edition, 193 pages
Published June 11th 2017 by Throat Punch Media, LLC
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....well duh, why would I lie about it.
Although this book was not the knee-slapping, tears running, stomach hurting from laughter that I have come to know Jen Mann and her books to be, this was still a fantastic book. I found myself relating to so many of the 'know it alls' and their stories on parenting.
I found myself really enjoying the experiances coming from the men in this book. Mike Cruse is my new favorite on FB to follow an
Lola Lolita
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy of this book as an early reader, and I've got to say, I'm so glad I did! It is filled with funny and thoughtful stories about parenting woes and flops that definitely made me laugh and feel a whole lot less alone in my imperfection. Some of my favorites are "Talk Like an Adult" by Joel Ryan and "Me, My Inferior Boobs, and My Green Baby" by Elizabeth Hamilton Argyropolous. The first made me laugh and think about my own talkative son and my other one who calls phone and ...more
Ashley Austrew
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of "But Did You Die" in exchange for my honest review, and honestly I loved this book. It's full of some of my favorite writers on the internet, and the laughs just keep coming through the entire thing. I especially loved Janel Mills' guide to dealing with dead pets, which made me think of my own hilarious dead hampster experience when I was a little kid. Joel Ryan's "Talk Like an Adult" is a must for anyone with an uber-talkative kid (aka all of us). Then there's "Me, ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book in advance in exchange for an honest review. I would actually give this book 3.5 stars.

When I first learned about this book, I was expecting a book packed with stories about parenting dysfunction and the resulting hilarity, like all the stories I am keeping from my own children in hopes of being put in a nice nursing home in my golden years. Instead I was greeted with a variety of stories, some funny, some heartwarming, and some mildly amusing.
I found myself unable
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You should read this book! I loved every story. It felt like being a parents group with all the parents you'd want to be in a group with. You know, the ones who make you feel like perhaps you are not the worst mom ever, or that at least there are others who might be screwing things up in the same ways you are. But instead of sitting in the community room at your local library, you're at home, hiding in the bathroom, while your kids scream for snacks, and someone *may* be painting the dog, and yo ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect Parent Beach Read (while your kids are up to shenanigans)

*I was sent a copy of this book, in advance of its release, for review purposes.

I spent my time reading, alternating between chuckle-snorts and head-shaking, because I could SO relate to the harrowing and hilarious parenting stories within. When I came upon Jen Simon's piece, "When People Make Plans..." I admit to laughing to the point of tears (nervously laughing with her, not at her!). Not only does Simon share a parent's worst
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in advance in exchange for an honest review.

In general I'm typically not a fan of reading anthologies. I feel like I'm always left wanting more (whether fiction or non-fiction), and tend to steer away from "books of stories." I can honestly say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As a parent of a small child, the stories of that age group resonated loud and clear with me, and made me laugh (some out loud, I even found myself reading a few paragraphs to my husband). But
Penny McGlone
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is hilarious and oh so easy to relate to! You will want this crazy, mixed up group to be your new best friends because with each story you read you're pulled into a parenting club you were too embarrassed to ask if it excised. Jen Mann (in all her hilarious glory) is the ring leader of this circus and she doesn't fail to deliver with an honest tale about stinky middle schoolers, I thought my child was the only one who pulled the dry hair trick! Rodney Lacroix, Victoria Fedden and Joel ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
You know how when you go to a party and some of your most fun friends are there, so you're excited to see them? But then there are some people you've never met, and you end up meeting them and you leave having made lots of new friends? That's how "But Did You Die?" felt to me. Several of the featured authors are writers I follow on Facebook and I thoroughly enjoy reading what they write. However, many of the authors in this collectio
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are expecting our first child and this book was just what we needed for a few good laughs. As a new parent you are constantly inundated with all of the does and don'ts of parenthood, this book is a breath of fresh air. It allows you to see the "real" side of parenthood. Between creating the perfect nursery and making my pinterest inspirations come to life, this book couldn't have come at a better time. I love that it is a compilation of several short stories which allowed me to read a few her ...more
Elise Busa
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
But Did You Die? is hysterical! I loved all the stories and I laughed out loud so much I think my Hubby thought I'd finally lost it! I won an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review and boy was I lucky! Jen Mann's books are always so much fun and all of the contributors to this anthology are great, some old favorites and some new! And the stories they tell! There are stories all the way from babies to teens and I really I didn't realize that everybody else had as much (maybe more) ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I expected this book to make me laugh out loud more than it did. I could definitely relate to many of the situations written about, and appreciated the “wise” advice for the stages I haven’t experienced yet. But I felt that much of the humor and cleverness was hidden beneath an over-exorbitant amount of swearing. And I am not a novice when it comes to dropping four-letter words (and many of their iterations), yes, even in front of my children. I firmly believe that a well-placed swear word can a ...more
Tara May
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book as an early reader, but would have purchased it no matter what! I have read this entire series and have yet to be disappointed. This edition will help you to realize that no matter what you've done wrong--or differently--on this adventure called parenthood, there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Between dealing with dead hamsters, teaching them how to do chores, how to handle public bathrooms, and even boy smells, parenting is different for everyone. Do
Karen Johnson
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hilarious. I loved how diverse the stories were -- from an epic poop story that earned the writer the title "Baroness of Bleach", to a list of funny things kids say that we can all relate to (How did Santa make this toy in his workshop if it has a "made in China" sticker?), to the lengths parents will go to in order to get their kids to sleep (one writer actually put fake legs in her child's room so he would think she wa
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a laugh out loud collection of essays anyone with kids in their lives should keep in their arsenal! Parenting gets tough and sometimes the best thing you can do is laugh! I was pleasantly surprised that some of the stories were quite heartwarming too. This would also make a great gift to a friend who may be feeling the weight of parenting crashing down on them, or during a big milestone to lighten things up a little. It takes a village, and in our digital world I've found some relatable ...more
Amy Mayo
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better and better - These books always have me laughing while gasping for breath. Completely relate-able, entertaining, and charming, this installment does not disappoint. This particular essay collection might just be my favorite, as it includes entries from mothers, fathers, and non-parents alike.

Public bathrooms, airplane trips, parenting advice from the non-parent, green babies, the death of beloved (ahem) pets - this collection truly covers all of the bases.
Deborah Sale-butler
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every parent should have a copy of this book laying around, preferably in the spot you go to cry when you think you have reached an all-time parenting low. The authors approach moments ranging from the disgusting to outright disastrous with self-effacing humor. Among stories about parenting young children, Michelle Combs' outstanding contribution turns the trope of "The Talk" on its head as she describes a frank conversation about sex with her young, ADULT, step daughter, from whom she withholds ...more
Stephanie Marsh
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
I tried and TRIED to pick a favorite essay from this book, but it's impossible. When I wasn't snickering, I was nodding. From the ever-so-helpful Aussa Lorens stating (truthfully) that your toddler is basically a tiny, drunk, sorority girl, to Papa Does Preach, AKA Mike Cruse, probably STILL catching shit, to the amazingness that was Elly Lonon's essay 'The Theory of Relativity,' this book has it all. I was given an ARC of 'But Did You Die?' in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly? Every ...more
Spook Sulek
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs
I enjoyed this collection of essays a lot, I think I'm going to share it with my sisters. So many different situations, age groups and parenting incidents are represented and hilarious...because they're not happening to me right then! (Also the stories are well communicated, you're there with the parent in the storm digging batteries out of dying toys, stuck in the Tube Park mess, on the plane, etc.) I also liked that, as a collection of short stories, one can read a humorous tale before having ...more
Richard Black
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I begged my buddy for an advanced copy of this book and I was not disappointed. But Did you Die? is a must read for parents, anyone thinking about having children or really anyone with a sense of humor. The pieces range from a talented group of men and women with stories about their own childhood, challenges they've had raising their own children or a combination of the two. Each piece is heartfelt and humorous and I've been remarkably pleased with the anthology. It has been one of the funniest ...more
Greg Van Vorhis
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Apparently it's cool and hip to call your kids assholes and cuss a lot when telling stories about them. Because every single one of these essayists do exactly that. It was cute and funny and relatable for a little while, but then you start to realize that all of these essayists are trying too hard to be cute and funny. It is at that point that this book is no longer cute or funny and just becomes annoying, which is unfortunate for some of the essayists who were relegated to the back of the book, ...more
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do your partner a favor and do not read this book when s/he is trying to sleep. You will be laughing too hard, and dying to share this whole book with them!! This collection of writers totally nails the parenting experience. You'll be nodding along as they recount insane diaper-changing acrobatics, the pressures of breast vs bottle, and the fresh hell that is traveling with kids. Get this book; you won't be disappointed.
Lisa Petty
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book faster than I thought I would. That is because it is a page turner, and also because some of my favorite writer friends are in the book. There are so many hysterical stories that it was hard to pick a favorite. While all of the stories were engaging, I have to say Kathryn Leehane's tampon story made my whole family laugh. Yes, I did read it aloud to my husband and my 20-year-old son. We were in tears.
Christine K.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant parenting advice packaged in hilarious anecdotes from some amazing bloggers. Great book to have on hand when you have little time. This book can be read in short bursts. A way better use of your time than looking at your phone.
Julie Burton
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jen Mann has a knack for picking the funniest humor writers. It's funny but even more it's real. I laughed the whole way through. I love anthologies because I can take my time to read each chapter but this book, I read it straight through. :)
Jenn Belden
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So funny. So true to life (are they looking over my shoulder?)
The beauty of anthologies is that you can digest them all at once or in small bites.
Which is good, because these are laugh-out-loud funny.
Shanna Houston
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This book will make every parent feel like they can relate. If not to one story, then the next or the one after that... or a sentence or two in every story. We all have our own strengths and our own weaknesses. Some of us more than others.
Tammy Miliambro
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recieved an advanced copy of this book and began reading it right away. I am so glad I did. This book is hysterical and so true to life. Loving every word!!!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious! I was laughing out loud from the very first page!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great collection of hilarious parenting stories! I'm going to keep this one in mind to give as a gift to young friends and relatives with young families. Parenthood is a joy - and a circus!
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Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat is the hilarious author of the New York Times best seller, People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges and Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat. She also contributes to and publishes the New York Times best selling I Just Want to Pee Alone series of books. Her b ...more

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